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Friday Finds - Startups, Servanthood and Active vs. Passive Leadership

Photo by Daria Shevtsova via Unsplash

Photo by Daria Shevtsova via Unsplash

Last night I spent time with a search committee who has the daunting and sacred task of finding their church's next senior pastor. It may be one of my best things about my "job" -- sitting with men and women who love God and love their church, but need a little bit of help in finding a high caliber spiritual leader for their community. Let me know if we can be helpful to your congregation.

Here are some leadership articles to challenge you this week...

Trying Harder Won't Fix Your Church by Paul Alexander via TonyMorganLive

If your organization finds itself in a season of stagnation, the answer may not be to try harder. In fact, there are many (more effective) ways for leaders to seek solutions, and more often than not they require starting over. In this post, Paul Alexander gives a few great insights on ways for leaders to revamp their ministry or organization. 

Five Marks of a Servant Leader by Jon Bloom via desiringGod.org

What would it look like if all leaders were servant leaders? It's my guess that a lot more would get done, and there would be a whole lot more joy in making it happen. Read on to learn the telltale signs of a servant leader, and how you can begin this practice in your own workplace.

The Most Common Reason Most Startup Ideas Die by Patrick Mullane via Fortune Insiders

Ready to launch your new idea to the rest of the world? Take note of this piece by Patrick Mullane on the Fortune Insiders column, which explains the reasons why some startups succeed and why some are left behind. 

Which Type of Leader Are You (Active or Passive) via Perry Noble

This great post by Perry Noble highlights the difference between passive and active leadership, a prevalent contrast in today's workplace. Of course, everyone's leadership style will look different, but this provides some helpful questions to ask for self-evaluation. 

What are you reading or listening to this week? Let me know in the comments below.